Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our 1st Christmas Day

On Christmas morning, we got Harper up and dressed in our Christmas PJ's.  Santa brought Harper her very first Cabbage Patch doll.  It's fun and bright pink - so of course Harper loves it!

Loving Aunt Krissy and all her pretty jewelry

Grayson likes Harper's pink Cabbage Patch Doll

Harper's present from KK and Mark was a hippo that pops balls in the air.  It was meant for Grayson but Kristen thought it might be too babyish for him.  I have one so I didn't think Harper needed it.  But when that toy started both kids were fascinated.  Of course all Harper could really do was try to eat everything.

Loving on Uncle Eric

Grayson and Harper have the same pacifiers so it's pretty funny when Grayson gets them mixed up.  I'm pretty sure he knew he'd get in trouble for taking her paci this time.

Harper got tons of fun toys for Christmas, and of course they all light up and make music.  It's her favorite part of any toy.  She did great unwrapping her gifts.  She was able to tear the paper like a big kid, but thought the wrapping paper was to be eaten afterwards.  

Grayson got a kitchen for Christmas.  He loves it and says, "Kitchen, Cook."  He is so cute.  My sister, Kristen, says that he carries his pot around all day pretending to cook food.  He also got this Elmo/Sesame Street apartment toy.  It's just like the one that the four of us kids played with when we were little.  It's funny how sappy you get when you become a mom.  I think most of Kristen and I's gifts were all sentimental this year.  

My gift from Kristen this year was a movie called "Babes in Toyland."  Such a great movie!  Most people haven't heard of it, but we used to watch this movie over and over again.  It reminds me of being at my Nana and Papa's where the kids all laid together and watched movies in the back room.  

Cody opened most of Harper's gifts.  It's probably a good thing because he's sweet enough to pretend he likes everything that my mom gets us.  She does a pretty good job but this bib might have been a bit over the top.

Kristen and I spent weeks scanning all our old baby pictures (4 kids times 10 years equals a lot of work!).  We put them together into an album for my mom for Christmas.  I think she really liked it.  And it's funny how all 4 of us really look alike.  Each of us had at least one baby picture that we swore was us, and was someone else.  And I seriously can't decide who Harper looks more like, me or Kristen.  It's such a close tie!

That afternoon we drove to Denison to celebrate with Cody's parents and grandma.  We had lunch and got to see some of his cousins.  Then we opened gifts and did our traditional lottery scratch offs.  We actually didn't win much this year, so our luck may have run out.  Harper got more presents and loved every minute.  

Harper and Cody put together his new grill that he got for Christmas later that day.  He went old school but he loves it.  And they love spending time together.  

It was a great Christmas and we enjoyed every minute.  Merry Christmas from the Hempkins!

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